Champions get cup draw luck

Champions get cup draw luck

CLECKHEATON CC shook off the disappointment of their first league defeat of 2014, the previous day, to secure a Priestley Cup first round victory over a Brighouse side lying bottom of the Second Division. 

The subsequent second round draw has paired the 2013 Bradford League champions with that division’s second-bottom club Windhill.

Sunday’s tie was not all one way, however.

After reducing Brighouse to 40-7 there was a remarkable performance from all-rounder Johannes Van Ee,  who hit 61 and then took three of the four wickets to fall before Richard Whitehurst’s unbeaten 47 eventually saw Cleck through to a six-wicket win.

The visit to struggling Windhill should not present much of a problem to John Wood’s side.

While Hanging Heaton, having exacted revenge for last year’s cup final defeat with a 19-run win over Lightcliffe, at Bennett Lane, now face a trip to a Saltaire side relegated from Division One at the end of last season.

Against Lightcliffe, Hanging Heaton made 214, thanks largely to the 50 from former Yorkshire keeper Ismail Dawood, but it needed some hard work from spinner Ben Elvidge (3-27 off 10 overs) and a telling contribution from keeper Joe Suggitt who took a catch and picked up three stumpings.

Hartshead Moor have begun their Second Division season well but they went out at the first hurdle in the cup, losing by six wickets at Saltaire, struggling Spen Victoria lost by five wickets at First Division Woodlands.

Gomersal completed a dismal story for the district’s Division Two sides when they went down by 138 runs at home to East Bierley.

Bierley skipper Gavin Hamilton, formerly of Yorkshire, England and Scotland  hammered an unbeaten 157.

Priestley Cup round two draw (to be played on May 18): 

Bradford and Bingley v Bankfoot, East Bierley v Idle, Windhill v Cleckheaton, Woodlands v Baildon, Saltaire v Hanging Heaton, New Farnley v Pudsey St Lawrence, Pudsey Congs v Keighley, Undercliffe v Morley.

The match of the day in the second round of the Heavy Woollen Cup on Sunday could well be at Queens Terrace where Ossett take on Premier Division leaders Scholes in an all Central Yorkshire League affair.

Both sides are in some form at the moment but Ossett will be a hard nut to crack for early season leaders Scholes, especially if Richard Pyrah is available for the home side.

Holders Hanging Heaton, one of only five surviving Bradford League clubs, go to Huddersfield side Kirkburton, while Morley are at home to another Huddersfield side Shepley.

Woodlands go to a third – Slaithwaite –πwhile CYL side Mirfield Parish have a big ask at Bradford League side Pudsey Congs.

In the other ties New Farnley (Bradford League) are at Methley (CYL), leaving Delph and Dobcross at home to Golcar in an all Huddersfiled tie.

The Moorlands v Townville game will be played on May 25.

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